There’s plenty of great TV on dur­ing the Olympics if you know where to look, writes An­drew Fen­ton

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For the next three week all eyes will be on the in­cred­i­ble feats per­formed by the world’s top ath­letes at the Rio Olympics. Seven’s cov­er­age — with 5000 hours in to­tal across three free to air chan­nels and on­line — will dom­i­nate view­ing in this coun­try. But for those look­ing for a break from wall to wall sport, we’ve se­lected the best of what else is on to watch. Presto. If you haven’t seen sea­son one, start there first rst to make sense of the plot. t. Presto, Thurs­days This love let­ter to the 1980s has been one of thehe buzzi­est shows on Net­flix x for the past month. Wi­nona a Ry­der is the mother of a youn­gung boy who van­ishes into thin air, draw­ing the fam­ily into a mys­tery in­volv­ing terrifying g su­per­nat­u­ral forces. Net­flix, any­time

With an av­er­age 1.4 mil­lionn view­ers na­tion­ally last sea­son, on, it’s sure to prove pop­u­lar. ABC, Wed­nes­days, 8.30pmm Ten has new episodes of Fam­ily Feud, The Project, The he Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee ee and NCIS New Or­leans among ong oth­ers. Ten, week­days SBS series of docos and films look­ing back at the mo­ments that changed the world from the Nazi Olympic Games (this Fri­day) to the day John F Kennedy died (Au­gust 11) and 1964, the year that kicked off a decade of change (Au­gust 12). There are also his­tory-themed movies in­clud­ing Will Smith’s Ali (Fri­day) and Mel Gib­sons Gib­son’s Apoca­lypto (Au­gust 14). SBS Au­gust 5-22 The Bondi Hip­sters’ ABC2 sketch com­edy series has been pro­moted to the main chan­nel for sea­son two from tonight. Very funny, but some­times misses the mark on good taste. ABC, Wed­nes­days, 9.40pm Short sharp cook­ing pro­gram satire with Kate McCart­ney and Kate McLen­nan. An on­line hit, the sec­ond sea­son pre­mieres on the ABC tonight. ABC, Wed­nes­days, 9.10pm

First run episodes of the fac­tual series about ran­dom road­side breath- breath-test­ing test­ing hosted by An­drew Daddo. Nine, Wed­nes­days, 7.30pm Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox’s new series uses the most spec­tac­u­lar sights on earth to give in­sight into the hid­den forces that shape our world. ABC, Tues­days, 8.30pm This week it’s Holden v Ford as the V8 Su­per­car teams com­pete. Com­ing up KIIS (with team cap­tain Meshel Lau­rie) against Pure Gold (with Lehmo) and The Wig­gles v Hu­man Na­ture. Ten, Mon­days, 7.30pm Doc­u­men­tary series fol­low­ing a troop of fem fe­male re­cruits as they at­tempt to be­come sol­diers in the Bri­tish Army. ABC, Wed­nes­days,Wednes 9.20pm (starts Au­gus Au­gust 17)

Racier and ra raunchy than The Bach­e­lor, it’s t this re­al­ity dat­ing series from th the UK in which a group of sin­gless­ingl have six weeks to hook up to win a cash prize. 9Life, Monda Mon­days-Wed­nes­days, var­i­ous times Six­teen days o of com­edy marathons in in­clud­ing In­side Amy Schumer Schumer, Broad City, Sil­i­con Val­ley, The In­be­tween­ers, Worka­holics Worka­holics, East­bound & Down, Tosh 2.0, The Big Bang The­ory and Parks and Recre­ation. The Come Com­edy Chan­nel, (starts Au Au­gust 6)

Nine’s Nine’sm mostly keep­ing its pow­der­powd dry un­til after the Olympics.Oly Apart from RBT an­dan Love Is­land, view­ersviewer can ex­pect 60 Min Min­utes, a Cirque Du Soleil s spe­cial, Koko The Gor Go­rilla, The Footy Show( s), s some Bond movies and the Ex­pen Ex­pend­ables 3. There’s an Ab Fab ma marathon this week­end onGon GEM. Car crash TV, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively, th the new Top Gear didn’t work in the UK (los­ing host ChrisEvChris Evans in the process) and failed her here. The first ep man­aged just 161,000 view­ers in two cities o on Nine and was bumped to G GO! in favour of RBT. GO!, Mon­days,Mon­day 8pm







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